Colorado Springs charter school leaders swept the 2012 Charter School Awards, announced recently by the Colorado League of Charter Schools. The winners were honored during the 18th Annual Colorado Charter Schools Conference Feb. 24 in Broomfield.
Three of the five “Charter Friend” Award winners work at Colorado Springs charter schools. Mayor Steve Bach presented each local award winner with a Spirit of the Springs “Celebration” Award.
- Colin T. Mullaney, executive director of Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy and The Vanguard School, was named Charter School Leader of the Year.
- Charter School Teacher of Year Award went to Teresa Brown, 3rd and 4th grade teacher at the Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning in Colorado Springs School District 11.
- Eileen Johnston with James Irwin Charter Schools was given the Charter School Award for Operational Excellence.
The Charter School Policy Award, given annually to a charter friendly elected official, was renamed the Keith King Award for Public Policy in honor of charter school advocate, supporter and leader Colorado Springs Senator Keith King.
Charter Schools are public schools that do not accept tuition and are contracted by school districts (“chartered”) to use alternative and innovative methods to provide excellent education. They are free from most restrictions made by school districts or curriculum, methodology, or administration, yet are required to demonstrate academic excellence through State outcome measurements. Currently there are 19 charter schools in the City of Colorado Springs, and 170 charter schools throughout the State of Colorado.